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Where Are Americans Traveling This Summer?

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | June 17, 2015

Where Are Americans Traveling This Summer?

With the official start of summer just days away, travel insurance comparison website InsureMyTrip released the results of a recent survey designed to reveal insights on where travelers are headed and what they are planning to do when they get there.

InsureMyTrip narrowed the responses down to those of American travelers who have either researched or purchased travel insurance within the past year and a half. In doing so, the survey found that 82 percent of respondents plan to take a summer vacation this year, compared to just six percent who have no plans. 

Twelve percent indicated that they had no plans to travel at the time of their response.

Interestingly, over half of respondents (55 percent) said they plan to visit a new destination this summer. Meanwhile, a little less than a quarter (24 percent) said they sometimes prefer to visit the same destination. 

The remainder (22 percent) said they tend to visit the same destination. 

Wherever they're going, nearly half of respondents (42 percent) prefer to stay in a hotel. Another 18 percent prefer a vacation rental, while a quarter will attend a cruise. 

The InsureMyTrip survey also found that sightseeing is the No. 1 summer vacation activity, with 50 percent of respondents in agreement. Going to the beach or relaxing (23 percent) and spending time with family and friends (13 percent) are also popular vacation activities. 

When it comes to summer travelers' top concerns, overspending, potential health issues and bad weather top the list. The fear of missing a flight or a bad experience at a hotel or restaurant also made the cut. 

While the survey revealed that 67 percent of respondents plan to fly to their destination this summer, a separate Wyndham Vacation Rentals survey detailed additional findings regarding travelers who plan to drive to their summer destinations. 

The study found that 90 percent of respondents planning to drive to their vacation destination will spend an average of 12.3 hours getting there. 

The survey of 11,000 vacation rental travelers also revealed that 79 percent of men said they drive on a road trip, compared to just 23 percent of women. 

"A travel tradition that may have once been seen as a means to an end actually holds much more reverence among vacation rental travelers today," said Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America president Mary Lynn Clark in a statement. "They're a unique group who often travel with larger parties and appreciate spending as much time as they can with each other, whether it's on the road or vacationing together under one roof."

What's more, Wyndham's research revealed that women are more likely to describe their driving as "pedal to the metal," while men are more likely to take the "long and leisurely" route to get to their destination. 


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